John Schnuriger with one of his prized purebred Jersey cows.

Purebred Jerseys and a question of purity

Bob Edlin  The Purebred Jersey Breed Society (NZ), “committed to keeping the Jersey breed 100% pure” according to its website, did not make a submission to the Ministry for Primary Industries review of the dairy herd improvement regulations. “We don’t get supplied with information from the ministry sent to other breed societies and I was unaware of the consultation,” society …

DairyNZ Southland/South Otago regional leader Richard Kyte (left), Beef + Lamb Southern South Island extension manager Olivia Ross and Environment Southland principal land sustainability officer Nathan Cruickshank walk through a paddock of fodder beet.

Southern comfort

Southland farmers and sector bodies are bringing science, good management practices and cross-sector engagement together to protect the health of land, waterways and stock during winter periods. Karen Trebilcock reports. Southland dairy farmers and winter graziers will be using good practices to stop losses to waterways, retain soil structure and look after the health of their cows this winter. The …

A question of fertility

Anne Lee Just get on with it because we need this – yesterday, was the catch cry from farmers at the Pasture Summit’s Future Cow workshop They were talking about fertility in the national herd, with farmers reinforcing the urgency with which they want genetic researchers and breeding companies to pursue the shortcoming that both directly hits profitability and is …

Leonie Guiney at the Pasture Summit, Ashley Dene.

Target the right thing – profit

Anne Lee Having a clear purpose and sticking to simple key principles when it comes to the farm system and investment have been fundamental to Leonie and Kieran Guiney’s farming success and equity growth. Guiney spoke at the Pasture Summit held in Hamilton and Ashburton in November and described the principles that had taken the couple from having $180,000 equity …

Pasture Summit attendees at Lye Farm, Ruakura.

Holding the values

Sheryl Brown Emerging markets in the world have different priorities and the New Zealand dairy industry needs to stay in control of its origin story to cater to those consumers. The NZ dairy industry is in a unique position in that it exports 90% of its milk to a range of customers, who may prioritise different values in their food …

Matt and Sarah McKenzie at the tanker track to the Willow Creek Dairies with the last of the farm’s sheep behind them.

Back to twice-a-day milking

Willow Creek Dairies near Woodlands won merit awards for innovation, management, water quality and biodiversity in the Southland 2018 Ballance Farm Environment Awards but for Matt and Sarah McKenzie their pride and joy are their cows. Words and photos: Karen Trebilcock. When Matt and Sarah McKenzie decided to give dairying a go, Matt and his dad chose a low-input system. “We …

Jocelyn Driscoll conducts pilates classes at her home. Pictures: Megan Graham

Diversification: Recovery mission

Delivering cancer rehabilitation physiotherapy programmes in her community is one way Southland dairy farmer, mother and physiotherapist Jocelyn Driscoll can help deliver rural health services. Rebecca Harper reports. Winton dairy farmer, mum and physiotherapist Jocelyn Driscoll is on a mission to make a difference to the lives of cancer patients in her community. When Jocelyn first heard about the PINC …